Dunn, Allison

Dunn, Allison

June 17th, 2020

Born in London, on January 13, 1987, and passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Married to Greg Boyd. AWESOME mother to William (5), Maxwell (3), and Madison (2). Daughter to Diane and Wayne; sister to Andrea (Matt) and Brian (Katie); daughter-in-law to Ian and Carolyn; sister-in-law to Melanie and Ken (Katrina); aunt to Penelope and Annabelle (Andrea and Matt), and Riley and Kenzie (Ken and Katrina). Allison lived a life of service to those less fortunate in her local communities and around the world; the world is a lesser place for having lost her bright light at the age of 33.

Allison attended St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School, and then attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, where she was a top Cross Country runner, Volleyball, and Soccer athlete.

She attended Wilfrid Laurier University, where she earned an Arts Degree, majoring in Global Studies. During her time there, she travelled to Ireland, taking classes at the University of Limerick in her 3rd year, and was an active volunteer of the University Students’ Union (WLUSU). On graduation, Allison moved to Toronto and continued her studies, earning an International Development diploma at Humber College.

Shortly after, Allison worked with World Literacy Canada, a Toronto-based, non-profit with roots in rural India. She travelled on an internship, working in Varanasi, advancing literacy and education for women and children across the country. On her return home to Toronto, she continued her work with World Literacy. There, she partnered with the Toronto District School Board, and led the development of a book, Gandhi’s Glasses to advance the vision and cause of Social Justice started by Mahatma Gandhi, focusing on serving under-privileged youth across Toronto and the broader GTA.

Allison then employed her talents to Waterloo Region’s House of Friendship, where she first served in Supportive Housing, moving then to the Region’s Shelter Services team, and most recently, serving on the leadership team, driving the vision for the Community Development program. A fierce voice for the marginalized and unheard in the community, Allison delivered a passionate final presentation to Waterloo Regional Council on February 11, 2020 in spite of terrible headaches and blurred vision, caused by the brain tumour she did not yet know was growing inside of her.

Allison’s commitment to serve others was rooted deeply in her from the start. Growing up in London, she was an active volunteer for the Sunshine Charity Golf Classic for many years, playing a role to raise a $1.3M endowment fund for children with life threatening illnesses, and the annual Business Cares Food Drive that continues to this day, supporting those in need at the holiday season. Allison worked to embed that spirit of service within her own children; she and Greg delivering food hampers to families in need with her three children this past holiday season.

Allison was diagnosed with High Grade Glioblastoma after a biopsy performed in London on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The cancer had already progressed substantially, impacting her ability to operate physically and cognitively through the final months of her life. In spite of this she relentlessly and bravely battled for as much time and quality of life as she could get. She displayed a spirit of courage and determination that will serve as an inspiration to all who knew her for the rest of our lives.

She leaves her family, a world-wide network of friends, and community heart-broken…but inspired by her spirit to keep moving forward. She was a truly special person who lived each day fully, and while taken too young, lived more in 33 years than many ever will. We’ll never forget and all who know her will forever honour her spirit and memory in our day to day lives.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 19, 2020 from 2:00 – 5:00 and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where a private funeral service for the family will be conducted on Saturday, June 20, 2020.  Please note: the funeral home can ONLY admit a maximum of 60 people at each visitation period as per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, https://thebao.ca/registrars-directive-changes-to-funeral-and-visitation-attendance/. If you wish to attend, please email: westviewfc@rogers.com or phone: 519-641-1793 to be advised of available visiting times.  Please be aware that Covid protocols may preclude some being able to attend as numbers are limited.    

A Celebration of Allison’s Life will be held in Kitchener-Waterloo in the future, when we are again permitted to gather together as a community in larger numbers. More information will come once details are ready to be shared.

 

For those wishing to make a contribution in Allison’s memory, please consider:

-         Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada - DUNN with Cancer Brain Cancer Research Fund (DUNNwithcancer.com) – this fund has been set up to help fund research to prevent the type of cancer that so quickly took Allison from us.

-         House of Friendship – Community Services – this was the program that Allison led and had cast a vision for in early 2020. Your contributions will help advance her vision and keep her spirit alive in Waterloo Region.

 

 

“Allison, we are devastated for having lost you at this stage in our journey, but commit to never leave you far from our hearts and minds as we continue forward…just as you would wish for all of those you served your entire life.”

 

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Book of Condolences

Sarah BrownAllison was a truly an inspiration. This is a loss beyond comprehension, but may we find solace in the incredible gifts she has left for this world. I know she will continue to find a way to push us all to act kindly and courageously, and to greet every person and meet every challenge with a brilliant smile. Love and deepest sympathies to you Greg, the kids and your families.
John NeufeldAllison was a gift to our community and everyone she served with. She led with passion, fierceness, and kindness in the pursuit of social justice. She inspired, challenged, and loved us. We are forever grateful for everything she taught us. Now it's our turn to carry forward her vision and legacy. With profound gratitude for Allison and her family.
Don HughesMy sincerest condolences Wayne to you and the entire Dunn family. It’s a tragic loss from such a dreadful disease. Your daughter had a fighting spirit and made a tremendous impact on those who knew and loved her. She will be missed and leaves a void that can never be replaced. I know you’ll cherish the many memories and your grandchildren who are a great part of Allison.
Wendy PrattAllison would light up a room when she came in. I will always remember her smile, her enthusiasm and her sense of fun. She was passionate about her family, her friends and her work. All of us have lost an incredible friend.
Chris LewisWayne, Dianne and family, I am truly shocked and shaken by your loss. As a parent and grandparent I can only imagine your loss. Our thoughts are with you. With deepest sympathy. Chris Lewis and family.
Edmund PriesAllison was a wonderful student at Laurier and a dynamic leader in the classroom. Her compassion for others, especially the vulnerable, was matched only by her passion for societal justice and fairness. She lived her convictions and dedicated her life to others – both to her family and to the communities she served. It was my privilege to take a class of students to the House of Friendship every year to hear Allison share the story of her own journey. And we were all inspired by her. We too are grateful recipients of Allison’s light; it will keep burning brightly.
Pam McIntoshAllison's contributions to the workplace and broader community will be truly missed. She demonstrated deep interest in the lives of others and recognized that not all have the same "starting points" or opportunities. Allison worked to change that and build opportunity/equity. Her energy and smile were contagious. My condolences to Greg, William, Maxwell, Madison, her parents, and other family and friends.
steve galambos michele galambosSo very sorry for your loss. We wish you the best in the future and hope you will be able to cope with this. If we can help in any way please let us know.
Leah Reesor-KellerAllison could spot potential in someone a mile away, sometimes even before they could see it in themselves. As a leader, Allison hired, coached, mentored and developed countless individuals who continue to carry forward her legacy of passion and compassion for folks on the margins of society. Her impact on our community and on the world continues to ripple forward every day, including through the influence she's had on me. I will miss her so much!
Victoria TomanAllison was so loved, and will be missed dearly. She inspired, motivated, pushed, and celebrated those around her. It was an honour to know her. She leaves behind a community that is stronger because of her drive and presence. Her community will carry her momentum forward to keep growing, improving, addressing the social issues she was so passionate about. Allison was a kind friend, a super mom, a leader, an energetic force who carried herself with grace. I miss her, and will be forever grateful for the time we had, and the gift of friendship we have - forever in our hearts. Sending all of my love and peace to her whole family.
Linda Armstrong/Mark EnnsTo the Dunn Family Please accept our sincere condolences with the tragic loss of your daughter, Allison. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and wish you strength and peace during this very difficult time.
Patti MickAllison’s smile, kindness and mentorship will remain significant to me. She paved a path of passion and fairness that I am privilege to carry on in my work. My sincere condolences.
Bob and Donna BourneDear Wayne , Diane and Family, Donna and I were devastated to learn of Allison’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Although with us for much too short a time, Allison contributed so much to make the world a better place. Her memory will live on. Keep strong! Kindest regards, Donna and Bob Bourne
Gail MartinAllison always inspired me - I loved her passion and compassion, her great desire to find new ways to support those living in poverty. I will always remember her warm smile that would light up her whole face. She knew how to love, and that is the best thing any of us can learn while we are here. I am thankful to have known her, and will continue to let her inspire me as I move forward. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you mourn this great loss.
Linda KrugerAllison was an extraordinary person and leader. I was often moved and inspired by her passion, compassion and vision. She could connect with absolutely anyone in meaningful and memorable ways. Although she was deeply passionate about her work, she was clear that her family was her priority and spoke of you often with great love and pride. The loss of Allison is great for so many, but her legacy is greater. My deepest sympathy to Allison's entire family.
Ted Clement and Sandra CareyWe’re so sorry to hear of the passing of Allison. She was a bright light on the world stage where we are in such need of heros. We mourn her loss and send our heartfelt condolences to her family.
Christy SennemaDespite all she had going on, she took the time to connect personally and showed appreciation and care to everyone. Sending prayers and love to her family and friends as we all adjust to this new life without her by our side.
Ted Clement and Sandra CareyWe’re so sorry to hear of the passing of Allison. She was a bright light on the world stage where we are in such need of heros. We mourn her loss and send our heartfelt condolences to her family.
Joe fontanaMy deepest sympathies to you wayne and the whole dunn family . What an incredible young lady Allison was . An incredible legacy of caring , giving , passion and compassion for others ( a dunn trait and gene of course ) . To her young family what an incredible partner and mom . The people she touched around the world will be her legacy and your memories . May god bring you some peace and know that you are surrounded by so many family , friends and people your mom has touched with love and prayers . Stay strong and god bless . Allison continue your life’s passion with god at your side . Rest In Peace .
Blake & Sandra NicolucciWe were so sorry to hear of Allison's passing. To lose such a wonderful individual is a tragic lost. Our deepest sympathy to Allison's entire family.
Jackie KellerAllison was such an inspiration to everyone around her. Her energy, focus, passion and commitment to anything she was involved in was amazing! Her smile was contagious and she could easily make a connection with anyone she met. She will be truly missed and I will be forever grateful to have known her and had the privilege to serve with her. My deepest condolences to Greg, her three beautiful children and her entire family.
Beth and Dennis StoreyOur condolences on this extremely sad news. Life is not fair at times. The best of her will continue to live on through her children. Thinking of you all.
Marjorie KnightA warm smile, a pat on the back, determination and positivity, encouragement and focus. moments of deep belly laughs, and conversations to change the world.....we have all lost someone so special but she shines on in her children and in all of us. So very sorry for your loss
Nadir AttiqiMy deepest condolences with Allison’s family. Allison was someone you could trust and enjoy working with. She was a kind and compassionate person, it was truly a pleasure working with her, and she will be deeply missed. May her soul rest in peace, our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
Anna and Dave SorrellTo the Dunn family We are so very sorry for your loss. Our heartfelt condolences to you.
Alex LattaMy deepest condolences to Allison's loved ones. She touched so many with her warmth, enthusiasm and commitment. As an alumna of Global Studies, Allison was always eager to give back to the program, helping to inspire new generations of students to find their passion and recognize their own potential to make a difference in the world. We will hold her memory in our hearts as we strive in our own work to honour the spirit of human goodness and possibility that Allison embodied.
Lucy CabralDunn Family - My sincere condolences on your tremendous loss of your sweet daughter and sister. May the Lord keep her close.
Shelley HolmesAllison made her time here really count. We are all changed for the better for having known her. She connected on an intimate and personal level and freely shared her passion and enthusiasm for making our world and lives better.
Stan and Sue MartinWe cannot imagine the pain of your loss. Allison really was a remarkable person taken too soon. Our hope is that in time, your many good memories of her will crowd out the pain.
Fr. Rick JanisseDear, Wayne, Diane and family, MAY TIME AND PRAYERS HEAL WHAT NO WORDS CAN— I have known your family for many years. Allison’s life has been one of compassion, love, charity, care and service ~ first demonstrated by you, her parents as well as by her grandparents. The gift that you have given her has continued to flourish and affect the lives of so many during her short life and will do so for many years to come. Well done good and faithful servant. May she Rest In Peace. My sympathy and assurance of prayers. Fr. Rick
David and Lori Scherba Our heartfelt sympathy at your loss From reading of her life story she was certainly a reflection of two wonderful parents. You are in our prayers
Gregg YoungWith an ever ready ear and a truly genuine spirit Allison engaged with the world around her. In my time working with her in various projects she was a true joy to be in the presence of and I was lucky to always have her close by to have random chats about work, the state of society and the world at large as well as personal things. She did this while being my supervisor at the HOF Men's Shelter and even when she wasn't my supervisor but had an office in the building I worked out of at Supportive Housing. Many of the tenants here at Supportive Housing have been sharing stories about her and the kids which they saw from time to time at various events and while she worked for Supportive Housing as well. Many tears have been shed with the news, and much love has been expressed for the kids and for Greg from all. Her light shines in many of our hearts. Blessings to the family. You are in our prayers and thoughts!
Amy WeaverAllison was a force. I met her shortly after I started serving at House of Friendship and her energy was contagious. She only ever brought her A game - fully engaged, interested, passionate, questioning and always ready to take on a challenge head on. She was just so bright and always on and so very, very genuine. There is a picture I saw just a couple of days ago, that fully embodies my experience of Allison every day - leaning in, listening, small furrow of concentration on her brow, mind churning with thoughts and the slight smile of possibility. It is so her and how I will carry her in my memory. We have lost a shining star and a light at HOF and in this community. I felt like I was really just getting to know Allison and I am so sad that time is cut short. To Greg, William, Maxwell and Madison, and all of Allison's extended family and friends. I am so very sorry for your loss. She made such an impact here that her loss will be felt hard by so many. You are all in my prayers.
Marie JonesWayne, Dianne, Andrea, Brian and family . What absolute tragic news. Your Alison, back in the days of St. Theresa was destined for greatness and certainly not for such a tragedy, so soon in her life. Her zest for life, compassion for young and old all around made her the shining star she was. A girl so full of energy and greatness, so tragic to loose her so early in life My deepest condolences toy all for the loss of such a wonderful human being.
Gerry MacartneyWayne and family. This is such crushing news. I have been asking myself over and over why such good people from such great families are taken from us way too soon. This makes absolutely no sense. What an amazing young women she was with so much passion for life and for those less fortunate than us. While her life on earth was much shorter than most, her accomplishments would fill three lifetimes. What a brave woman and mother. So very sad to have lost her. My prayers are with you Wayne and Dianne. Stay strong - we are all here for you. Deepest Condolences
Steve LehmanDear Wayne, Diane and family, you have probably heard and will hear from so many friends that words cannot express our sadness we feel for you right now. I know as I have retyped, erased and retyped and still cannot find appropriate thing to say. All I will say is that there are thousands of Londoners that are thinking of you and sharing your grief. If you can find one iota of strength from this take it to help shoulder your burden just a little. My deepest condolences. Steve
Ted MelchersSo sorry to hear of your loss. Sincere condolences from all of us at Melchers Construction.
Jim and Leith PassmoreThe news of Allison’s passing is heartbreaking. During Allison’s life she served a high purpose. We see both of you in reading about Allison’s wonderful achievements. Please know that Leith and I are thinking of you.
Kim and Chris MannionAllison was a shining star here on earth and now forever in the heavens. We are all blessed to have known her. With love and condolences, Kim and Chris Mannion
Rodney and Caroline HancockDear Wayne , Diane and Family, We were devastated to learn of Allison’s passing. We cannot imagine the pain and sorrow of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this very difficult time.
Courtney HanceDear Wayne, Diane and family, so very sorry to hear of Allison's passing. She has been taken from this world way too soon - and it seems so unjust. Having heard stories and read about her tremendous impact, bravery and courage and ultimate jest for life, one can only imagine how many lives were touched by her light and impacted by her work to help others. I'm sure many like myself wish they had the opportunity to have met and known her. May she rest in eternal piece and may you find strength from the love and support you are surrounded with in her memory. With heartfelt sympathy, Courtney
Jane and GlenWayne, Diane and family: We can't imagine the pain and the devastation of the loss of Allison. Tears are heavy in our hearts for you. The tears are heavy in hearts as we think about the loss for our world. When we think of passing on the torch of humanity's care to the new generation... it is of Allison we think on. We remember meeting her in her youth - and we marvelled. Marvelled at her spirit and her desire to make a difference. To Greg and the children - Words, thoughts and prayers are all we have to give, but we know they aren't enough. Love to you all. Our deepest condolences.
Brian Paul I'm so sorry to hear this. When I moved here to the Region in 2017 I had no idea how to navigate a new area, new job, new everything. I shared an office with Allison to start and she helped me so much. I won't forget her kindness and patience. She was just a lovely soul. Terribly sad news.
Kourteney KingAllison gave me my start in this field. I am forever grateful for her willingness to take a chance on me for a street outreach position. Her ability to recognize the potential of people and support them meeting that potential is unparalleled. I’ve yet to experience a manager who could ensure her staff felt heard individually and brought together collectively in a way Allison was able to do— and as a manager of a 24 hr Shelter, that is no easy task. Allison, embodied the authentic values of this work that everyone should aim to mirror and carry forward. She always kept our community members at the centre of her work and was not afraid to disrupt the status quo. Allison, thank you for offering me an opportunity that has changed my life and thank you for facilitating a space that encouraged critical thinking and action for all your staff members. You will be dearly missed. To Allison’s family, my deepest condolences. So sorry for your loss.
Tony and Abbe MarsmanWayne, Diane and Family: Abbe and I are sorry to hear of your daughter's passing. We share your sorrow and wish you our deepest sympathy from all of us at Rembrandt Homes.
Margaret LucasAllison radiated kindness, warmth, passion and courage. She balanced vision with objectivity, without losing sight of the opportunity. She did not shy away from tackling big things, having hard conversations, or putting in the work required. She was a source of energy, passion and inspiration. I miss her so much!
Scott and Cindy WebsterAllison was an amazing young woman. We only have fond memories of her and what an amazing babysitter she was to our four children. She took our oldest, Emily, under her wing when Emily started school. She made sure Emily got on and off the bus and always did so with a smile on her face. Allison was always positive and our children loved it when she came to babysit as she would come with a bag of games, toys and books. I am sure she was an amazing mother and wife as well. She brought light to the world and was truly a gift to all of us for the time that we knew her. We are sending much love to her entire family. We will treasure the memories.
Douglas McCurdieWayne, Diane and family, what is every parent's nightmare you now have to cope with. Sherry and I can only imagine what you're going through. Our hearts just ache for you both. Please know that you are in our thoughts.
Richard, Betty & Jay La RochelleDear Wayne, Diane and Family Be assured of our prayers for you and all of your loved ones at this time of great sorrow. Jay remembers altar serving with Allison at a Christmas Eve Mass in 1999 in the new church. Allison will be remembered as a giving and loving person. May God bring you strength and His loving healing. We will remember Allison and all the family in our daily prayers
Mark and Maureen TrinnearOur greatest condolences to Andrea ,Matt and the entire Dunn family. We were so sorry to hear of your loss of your sweet sister ,daughter, mother and wife. Our world has lost another earth angel as so well described in her tribute. Our prayers are with you at this sad time of your lives. love to all.
Cathy Hodgins We met the day Wayne knocked on the door and asked if I would stay with Allison while he and Diane took Andrea to ER with a chipped tooth. What followed was one of the most endearing friendships. Some of my best memories are of the times our families spent together. May the love and prayers from everyone touched by Allison give you some peace and consolation in the days ahead.
Sue SullivanMy heartfelt condolences, Wayne, Diane and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. With love.
Greg HellerDiane, Wayne, Andrea, Brian and family. We remember Allison from her earliest days ...then known as the Colic months. She put her stamp on the world early and continued doing so until her last days. What a truly remarkable young woman she was. and some day her children will look back through the hundreds of amazing comments people have left and they too will learn what an amazing person she was. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the days ahead as you celebrate her much too short but still amazing life.
Jan and Stan BarylskiDiane,Wayne,Andrea,Brian and family. Our very deepest condolences to you all on the loss of Allison Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Morag McInnes Dear family of Allison saddened by the news. So lucky to meet Melanie here in Edinburgh what a great gal.She will be heart broken I think of the wee children that is so so sad Hope you can have a wonderful celebration next year . My sympathy comes to you from Bonny Scotland Morag
Bob KoczwaraMy deepest condolences to you all as you make your way through this difficult time. May the many wonderful memories help you celebrate Allison's life and give you comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mr. K
Amy FeeI only had the privilege of meeting Allison a few times and I was immediately captured by her spirit, compassion and drive to help others. My deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Allison. May she Rest In Peace.
Hans and Mariane HossfeldOur very deepest condolences to the Dunn family and all those who knew and loved Allison. We are thinking of you at this most difficult time.
Nick PrigionieroTo Wayne, Diane and the entire Dunn family Please accept my deepest heartfelt condolences on the tragic loss of your wonderful daughter Allison. May your family find peace and strength knowing that she was an outstanding woman who made such a significant contribution to the world.
Danielle GardinerMy mind and heart are so heavy as I feel the loss of Allison and Allison’s loss of life. My deepest condolences are with the Dunn and Boyd families, and all of Allison’s loved ones. I was lucky enough to call Allison my best friend at a young age. While our friendship was long ago, I will always remember and cherish the way Allison made me feel in friendship – happy, loved, seen and safe. A January 13th has never passed when I don’t think of Allison while smiling about her childhood love of toy pigs. It is difficult to put to words the gratitude I have for Allison’s influence on my life; even as a young person, she was able to teach me the meaning of friendship through action. The immeasurable positive impact that Allison has made through her compassionate relationships with so many is truly inspiring. May her legacy live on in her contributions to so many communities.
Vesna VrljicDear Wayne and Diane, I am deeply saddened by your loss. My deepest heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the loss of your daughter Allison.
Global Studies/Alicia SliwinskiOn behalf of the Global Studies Department at WLU, I extend our deepest condolences to Allison's family and friends. Allison touched and inspired many colleagues and students. We will keep her spirit's shining light in our hearts.
The Bryant Family,The Bryant Family send their heartfelt condolences on the loss of Allison. Even though we didn’t know Allison, we have heard about her from her Aunt Karen from the time she was a little girl. We heard of her many accomplishments, her strong sense of community and family and most recently the glowing reports of what a wonderful mother she was. Allison’s family and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Amy (Sorrell) HerringAlthough it's been a long time she we last spoke, Allison has been at the forefront of my mind these last few months, and it has been a pleasure to revisit old memories from our childhood, that I will always cherish. It is obvious, as I have read more about what she has accomplished, that Allison's positive impact on this world will remain strong in those she has left behind. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and I wish you strength during this difficult time.
Barbara RodgersDiane and family I was shocked to hear of Allison's passing. My heart goes out to you at this devastating time. she will be be forever in your hearts
Liz and Kim GardinerAs I sit here today and remember Allison, we can still see an adorable, very funny, very happy little girl tearing up the soccer field. Even though it has been many years our memories of her smile and laughter are as clear as a bell. We moved away from London 23 years ago. Ali gave our daughter Dani a friendship candle. There were 4 little stones inside that we still have today. As we revisited the meanings of these gems we thought; “well of course, this describes Allison”! .the crystal heart: hold it up to the light and see a beautiful rainbow of life experiences, full of joy, enthusiasm, confidence and love. The amethyst: a symbol of true wisdom, knowledge and understanding. The jade: speaks of clarity, modesty, courage, justice and wisdom. The rose quartz: to remind us that any wounds our hearts have accumulated can be healed. Allison was way beyond her years even at 11 years old! She was building her house of friendship a very long time ago. Her life story is incredible. To Greg, William, Maxwell and Madison, Diane, Wayne, Andrea and Brian, and all of Allison’s loved family, we are so sorry and saddened to hear of Allison’s passing. Our hearts ache for you for your unimaginable loss. To Ali, thank you kind heart for all that you did, we will not forget. May you Rest In Peace.
Fiona AppersonAllison lit up a room just by her smile and passion for listening to others. She made everyone feel like they had her undivided attention and what was shared mattered deeply to her. Allison you will be missed, but never forgotten. To her family, we have you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Luxford Family My heart is filled with sorrow for Allison and her family. I can't begin to imagine the pain her family and close loved ones are experiencing right now. The tragedy of losing someone so young, so full of life. I attended elementary school and high school with Allison. We were in the same class since kindergarten. Remembering sleepovers, school field trips, and pool parties, Allison was always so kind and everyone loved her . Her children have lost a mother too soon; I hope that reading these messages one day in their futures might bring them a little peace. Greg, your family will continue to remain in our thoughts. Allison will continue to live on in our hearts and will never be forgotten.
Kim PitynI am so sorry to learn of the passing of Allison. I had the privilege to meet with Allison and explore International Development a few years ago and I was so inspired by her passion, energy and deep commitment to making a difference in this world. My deepest condolences to her family.
Nancy SutherlandDear Wayne, Diane and Family We are so very sorry for the loss of Allison. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time and hope that fond memories help you cope. On behalf of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada, Nancy Sutherland
Heather & Tim OrrGreg, Wayne, Dianne, Andrea, Brian and extended family - we were so very sorry to hear about Allison’s illness and passing. Though our memories of her are from her friendship with our daughter Kate during high school, we can easily see her face, and I can even hear her cheerful voice. She was very memorable, even back then. As many have said, she was truly such a bright light. She always struck me as being full of joy and possibility; unfailingly kind, selfless and thoughtful, qualities mirrored in her parents and siblings. To read of all of her achievements from her short life is honestly astounding - such an accomplished young woman she was, and it sounds like a wonderful mother to boot. Right now, I’m sure nothing makes her death bearable, but I hope there is some small comfort in knowing how many people she touched and what a giving and nurturing young woman she was. Our thoughts and prayers are truly with you, and we look forward to supporting Dunnwithcancer.com.
Paul & Marny St. PierreWe would like to extend our condolences to Allison's family and the House of Friendship team. Allison was joy to work with. Our community has lost a wonderful and caring person.
Aline SmithI will always remember Allison's smile and compassion that I felt when I was in her presence. She was an inspiration to all of us and will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Allison's family.
MehdiyaAllison left a mark in every life she touched - so humble, down to earth, sincere, and kind. A superwoman - she did It all! mom, wife, worker, director - you name it. She was one in a million and will be forever remembered. Thank you for being a part of our lives, and the lives of those less fortunate. you have forever changed and impacted our community, in the most amazing way. Bless you and your family, deal Allison.
Mark & Jauna GreavesPlease accept our genuine condolences in this difficult time for you and your entire family. We were heartbroken to hear the news. We hope the precious memories you carry in your heart will help you through this challenging time. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Alexandra MartinI knew Allison from our days at Humber College, and while we lost touch after the program, I have great memories of her enthusiasm, kindness and fun-loving spirit. She was also an extremely hard worker and was loved by all in the program. I am so sad to hear that she is no longer with us and wish to send my deepest condolences to her entire family for their tragic loss. She made a mark on me and it is clear on so many others.
Cory GaberDear Greg & family please accept our deepest condolences. Even though the trip was brief, my wife Stephanie and I remember Allison fondly from our time down in Antigua. You both remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary & Anne EnnettDear Wayne & Diane: Anne and I were deeply saddened to learn of Allison’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. We were amazed to learn how much Allison contributed to the community for someone just getting started in life, and our hearts go out to the young family she leaves behind. There are no words at a time like this. But please know that you are very much in our thoughts and prayers. 
Mike MorriceKnowing Allison was a gift. She was fierce yet deeply loving, passionate yet so thoughtful. It feels gut wrenching to lose someone so committed to serving others, so committed to her beautiful family and yes, such a truly bright light. Some of our last interactions remind me of the kind of friend she always was: there's a text of encouragement. A generous commitment to help. And a loving reminder of her care. My deep condolences to the Dunn family.
Shelby WilsonAllison interviewed me in 2014 at a point in life where I decided to pursue a role which would fully fit my passion of helping people. Allison asked me all the right questions to help her gain a grasp of what motivated me, what I was passionate about, and why I was there. Allison's style was very feedback-based, which I always admired about her. Allison didn't tell; she listened, and in asking and listening she was able to uncover the root/core and enable more progress than would've been possible if she would have only told. For being so young, she was wise, respectful, mature, and approachable. She entrusted her staff, and through this, she built a culture of confidence and empowerment for staff and for the people we served. Allison was truly a noble person and I will continue to reflect fondly on her many qualities that seemed to come so naturally to her, of which many of us could only strive to embrace. Thank you Allison for showing such an open heart, open ears, and open mindedness. I am sad to hear you won't be here to continue making progress in our world, but your legacy will live on, as you have left your footprint.
Heidi HarrisAllison accomplished so much in her life and brought so much good to the world. She is an inspiration to me. My heart goes out to Allison, the community, her loved ones, and her family.
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